In this issue:
We've added a new page this issue: The Academy of Magick, which contains very interesting facts and concepts. The Builds of the Month feature two excellent veteran builders in AW: Ms T in Yellow and Lacushla in Raven Mountain (Ravenmtn). Our intrepid reporter managed to get interviews with both as well as some shots of some of their builds. Nellie's Garden page features both plants and textures this month. In his page, Joe offers some good summer recipes that suit the warmer weather in the northern hemisphere.
Build tips offer some suggestions on doing up full scale animations and video making using AWI and free, open source programs. Fuzzy's tale continues with more adventures and escapades, and we have some tips for Newbies on flying around using a laptop, and how to use the new gold coin icon. Enjoy!
Aunt Trudy Hears...
Aunt Trudy provides news and, well, gossip from Yellow citizens. If you have something you want in the Gazette, just contact email@example.com
What local self-proclaimed culinary expert was recently seen going full on Wilder bear berserk at the local fish run? Witnesses gave the following description: from all accounts this generally reserved and well mannered male, lost all sense of decorum and went completely bonkers, throwing fishing gear baskets and finally clothing to the wind. Jumping into the river he went absolutely primal, not only catching fish along side Wilder bears, but it would seem viciously and ferociously surpassing them in the execution of the catch.
I received many messages which were left with considerable giggling. Most of the reports came from the ladies observing the events, with most of whom inquiring to know the identity of this hunk (as they described him). But sorry, ladies, due to my contractual obligations with my employer I will not allow disclosure of the identity of said hunk. That's out of the question, but you may want brush up on our cooking page.
Last but not least, a few announcements. The ongoing work for the river transport system seems to be coming along quite nicely through a great deal of work, aggravation, and inventive solutions. The first stage of the system is up and running. It's more than a boat ride; it's an adventure for sure, lots to see and lots to explore. Start your adventure at Station one in Burrfoot Cove. Coordinates are Yellow 215.93S 1698.85E 0.23a 26.
Rumor has it that there is a new band making an impact on Yellow citizens. It seems that the Cub Reporters have some stiff competition here.
Ragged Paws Band
Check back with me to get the info on this band.
There is a new spa opening on the river: The Maw Hoo Nah River spa. Although the spa has a bit to go before the construction is complete, enough was done that we all enjoyed a wonderful Fourth of July party around the pool. For more details and pictures from the event check out the Fuzzy Tales page.
Hello all, Fuzzy here with more tales around AW.
First Up, A Call To Pax. A Request From Master Chen.
It was midday when I met with Master Chen in the lower Garden Of Pax, along with Benjamin (Benny)White Paw.
It would seem Benny had recently expressed a desire to explore life outside the temple. Master Chen in his infinite wisdom, knowing I was in need of a new assistant, suggested a solution to both our needs. After a short chat we all agreed that Benjamin would have a go at the job. After expressing our thanks to Master Chen we said a few more goodbyes and gathered Benny's belongings. Next step: get the okay from my boss Lucy Larksong, so we were off to the YG office. read on...
Never a Dull Moment in AWI!
Shopping has come to AWI. On the 15th of June, AWI made citizenship in the universe free, eliminated the 'tourist' category, allowed VOIP in all public worlds, and opened a new world - AWMall - where people can buy a variety of objects for their avatars. Rules and pricings have also changed for people buying their own private worlds.
These pricing changes and opening of the AWMall are based on the development of of a credit system, where citizens can purchase items for AW credits, which are based on real money. The ratio is roughly 10AW credits to USD 1.00. Citizens who had previously paid membership fees have been given pro rata credits that can be used in the mall.
Buying credits is quite simple. A new icon on the HUD -- a gold coin -- allows users to purchase credits among a number of other options. AWI is now using PayPal so the purchase of credits is a relatively simple exercise. YG staff who have tested the system state that it works well. However, there are issues with male/female objects; only female items can be used by a female AV, and likewise male objects can only be used on a male AV.
As we stated in the June issue of the YG, other changes that have been made relate mostly to world owners. There is an increase to the number of people who can visit private worlds with no charges, and VOIP will be available to all worlds.
Several citizens have noted that since the changes, the number of people visiting or working in AWI appears to have increased, which our respondents thought an excellent thing.
The AWMall will be in continuous development as more objects are made available for sale. There is also an opportunity for private model and texture developers to offer their wares through the mall as time goes on.
A wish list...
Some citizens have commented to YG staff that they would like to see objects in the mall that they could give as gifts to others. Something along these lines would also be useful for those who wish to sponsor contests. If you have something you would like to see in AWI, let the YG know. Just email the Yellow Gazette
Humour to ponder (or ponderous fun?)
Here are some rib-ticklers for your enjoyment.
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